U.S. National Team, United States Soccer
- Captained and started in goal for the 1994 U.S. National Men’s Soccer Team
- Became one of the few professionals to play in three World Cups
- Named Goalkeeper of the Year, MLS Cup MVP and MLS Champion with the Kansas City Wizards (2000)
- Herman Trophy and MAC Award winner at UVA (1988 and 1989)
- Inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012
Tony Meola was one of the best professional soccer goalies of all time. He had a 13 year career in the MLS and was a member of the U.S. National Team for a total of eight years. In 1988, Tony joined the national team roster, making his first professional appearance that summer against Ecuador. In 1990, Tony started in net for the U.S. in the qualifying rounds of the 1990 FIFA World Cup, recording a win against Trinidad and Tobago that clinched the team a spot in the qualifying finals. Tony went on to play every minute of the 1990 World Cup. Four years later, Tony was the official starting goalie and captain for the U.S. in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Tony remained on the National Team roster until 2006 and was simultaneously playing in the MLS.
Tony began Major League play in 1995 when he won a championship with the Long Island Rough Riders of the USISL. Tony’s first season in the MLS was in 1996 when he played for the NY/NJ MetroStars during which time he set a league record with nine shutouts. In 1999, Tony joined the Kansas City Wizards where he remained for five seasons. In Kansas in 2000, Tony was named League MVP, Goalkeeper of the Year and MLS Cup MVP while the Wizards continued to the MLS championship. That year, Tony recorded 16 shutouts and was soon after named to the MLS All-Time Best XI.
Before going pro, Tony played soccer and baseball at the University of Virginia for two years. While lettering in baseball Tony simultaneously received All-American honors two seasons in a row with the Cavaliers. Tony also won the Hermann Trophy as a freshman in 1988 and the MAC Award as a sophomore in 1989.
Since retiring from competition, Tony has stayed very involved in the soccer world. In addition to running his own company, GK1 Sports, Tony coaches two youth teams. The New Jersey native also works with U.S. Soccer sponsors like Allstate, for whom he conducts clinics and appearances as part of its Good Hands FC program. In 2012, Tony’s impressive career was honored when he was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.
Video Message$99Get a Personal Video Greeting from Tony Meola! He will record a birthday or congratulatory greeting, surprise message for your event, or a client and employee motivational message. You can even save and share the recording afterwards!
NOTE: This request will take up to 48 business hours to complete. Your credit card will be charged automatically once the video has been recorded by the Pro.
Phone Call$149Have a passionate soccer fan in your life? Give that person a gift they will never forget -- a personal call from Tony. (Up to 10 minutes)
Lunch or Dinner$1,000Tony will join you and your small group of up to 10 people at lunch or dinner. You choose the restaurant and you choose what you want to talk about. Tony will share stories from his career. Note: for larger parties, please see appearance fee below.
Attend a Game$1,000Have an extra seat at the game? Tony will join you and your guests and share insight on the game. Discuss Tony's career with the U.S. National Team and his trajectory in becoming a starting goalkeeper.
Celebrations$1,000Invite Tony to join you and your guests at your birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, or anniversary party! He'll be sure to be entertaining company.
Round of Golf$1,500Tony will complete your foursome for a round of golf. He'll be the perfect fourth for your Sunday outing, and will spice up the round with tales from his time in the pros.
Hear Their Story$1,500Tony will share his story with up to 20 people. Your small group of friends, students, coworkers, or event attendees will be inspired by Tony's path to success.
Appearance$2,000Hire Tony to make a guest appearance at your next event! Tony’s appearance will be the perfect way to promote your store opening, bank, gym, car dealership, etc.
Speaking Engagement$5,000Looking for a dynamic speaker for your next big event? Tony will speak at your gathering and inspire your group with stories from his career in the MLS.
Coaching$500To be the best you need to learn from the best. Hiring Tony as a coach will give you access to a former World Cup goalie. Tony will coach a group of 1-6 people drills that helped him become a pro athlete.
* Booking this talent outside of the booking region may result in additional costs. Thuzio Pros are subject to availability.
Sport Soccer League United States Soccer Team
- U.S. National Team (1988-2006)
- Long Island Rough Riders (1995)
- MetroStars (1996-1998)
- Kansas City Wizards (1999-2004)
Position Goalkeeper College University of Virginia